‘Vessel’ at Hudson Yards, by Heatherwick Studio

Overview:

AKT II are the Concept Engineers on this 50m tall inhabited sculpture, and I was involved in computational design development for the project.

I worked with the team at Heatherwick to generate a single master parametric model, that incorporated all of the critical geometric, structural and fabrication constraints.

This model defined all major geometric elements (the primary structural interlayer, external and internal staircases, diaphragm plates, internal plate stiffeners, etc), and incorporated structural models and analysis processes, which were used by the engineering teams within AKT.

See more detailed descriptions, images and videos on my Instagram pages: here, here, and here.

Images of the construction process by others:

 

Project Team:

Client: Related
Designer: Heatherwick Studio

Structural Engineer (Design): AKT II
Structural Engineer (of Record): Thornton Tomasetti
Fabricator: Cimolai

Project Role: Computational Designer at AKT II

 

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